Orinoco Flow (4:25)

Cover of Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya

From Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya and 85 other releases

The song was highly popular in the early 1990s and was featured on many pop music compilations. It shares part of its name with Orinoco Studios (now Miloco Studios), where it was recorded.

The division of syllables to follow the pattern of music may trick the listener into thinking that the song is written in Latin (as some Enya tracks are), but the lyrics are in fact English. At the end of the song she pays tribute to Warner Brothers Music UK CEO Rob Dickins and makes a more veiled reference to producer Ross Cullum.

In 1998 a special edition 10th anniversary remix single was released.

Locations referenced in lyrics (in order of mention)
Orinoco River, Venezuela and Colombia
Tripoli, Libya
Yellow Sea, China
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau
Palau, islands near the Philippines
Avalon, British Isles
Fiji, Fiji islands
Tiree, Scotland
Isles of Ebony, England
Peru, Peru
Cebu, Philippines
Babylon, Iraq
Bali, Indonesia
Cali, a city in Colombia
Coral Sea, Australia
Ebudae (Inner Hebrides), Scotland (also the name of a later Enya song)
Khartoum, Sudan
Sea of Clouds, the Moon, possibly Mount Huangshan, China
Island of the Moon, Madagascar
Ross Dependency (this was an in song reference to Ross Cullum)


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  • memoryoftrees

    One of Enya's best.

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  • BestBritJamesB

    Tuune! :-)

    25 May 2:02pm Reply
  • raphaelmg94

    Sail away, sail away, sail away

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  • silversurfer250

    This is my jelly.

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • fart-fart-fart

    This is my jam!

    9 Sep 2014 Reply


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  • apouroiselle

    my dream

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • sternenfee0

    ჱܓ♥♫ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Klasse!!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♫♥ ჱܓ

    20 Jul 2014 Reply
  • jes2cool

    Nessa, looong time ago I used this album as a beddy bye relaxant. So fine! Saling the gentle trade winds to Valpariso. Southern Cross low on the horizon. Then the next moment, this incredible hurricane crashing across the bow, tossing my boat to and fro. As my beloved schooner "Enya" pointing bow first to the briney deep, I'd wake to my wife's snorring lips barely an inch away from my ear. HARR!!! Fetch me my harpoon Queqeg!

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • docarpas

    el mejor silencio con Enya.

    12 Jul 2014 Reply
  • MoonDance4Me

    Sit back, close your eyes, breathe deeply and float. There is Peace.

    16 Jun 2014 Reply
  • NessaSky

    Anybody else listen to this before going to bed and imagine that they are sailing away as you drift off into sleep? :x

    26 May 2014 Reply
  • Hagen61

    Her most significant song

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • jes2cool

    Yon maiden in the white flowing dress, beckoning to sail away with her? Do I even dare to entertain such thoughts in the deepest recesses of my soul? Yeah verrily yon beloved wife, standing upon the stairway with flowing sweat pants also beckons unto me. Could it be an invitiation for a night of wine, candlelight, merriment, and intimacies? Alas, tis' not to be. She encourages me to come and make haste with my trusty weapon, Excalibur! The plumber's helper. (Fin)

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • joabepereira97

    Serauê, Serauê, Serauê, ♪

    9 Apr 2014 Reply

    So much nostalgia... this is one of those first ever music favorites that you never forget.

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • changelingette

    this is soooo gooooood

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
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